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Death of Kings

by Bernard Cornwell

Part of the The Last Kingdom Series Series

Action / Adventure / Spy / Espionage eBooks of the Month Historical Fiction

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This is masterful historical storytelling of the ninth century iconic story of King Alfred and the making of a nation, England. Meticulously researched, with characters that come to life as you read, it is a must read for any fan of Cornwell or the Anglo Saxon era.

Death of Kings Synopsis

The master of historical fiction presents the iconic story of King Alfred and the making of a nation. Alfred, the great king, is said to be dying. Rivals for his succession are poised to tear the kingdom apart. The country Alfred has worked thirty years to build is about to disintegrate. Uhtred, the King's warrior, Viking born but Saxon bred, wants more than anything else to go and fight to reclaim his stolen Northumbrian inheritance. But he knows that if he deserts the King's cause, Alfred's dream -- and indeed the very future of the English nation -- will very likely vanish. Death of Kings is an outstanding novel by a master storyteller of how England was made -- and very nearly lost.

Death of Kings Press Reviews

Praise for THE BURNING LAND:

 

'Cornwell draws a fascinating picture of England as it might have been before anything like England existed
The Times

 

Praise for AZINCOURT:

'This is a magnificent and gory work'
Daily Mail

'The historical blockbuster of the year'
Evening Standard

'If Bernard Cornwell was born to write one book, this is it. No other historical novelist has acquired such a mastery of the minutiae of warfare in centuries past'
Daily Telegraph

'A runaway success'
Observer Praise for Bernard Cornwell:

'The characterisation, as ever, is excellent!And one can only admire the little touches that bring the period to life. He can also claim to be a true poet of both the horror and the glory of war'
Sunday Telegraph

 

'This is typical Cornwell, meticulously researched, massive in scope, brilliant in execution.
News of the World


'He's called a master story-teller. Really he's cleverer than that'
Telegraph

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780007331802
Publication date: 24/05/2012
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780007331789
Publication date: 29/09/2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007331802
Publication date: 24th May 2012
Author: Bernard Cornwell
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: Action Adventure / Spy, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Historical fiction,

About Bernard Cornwell

Born in Essex in 1944 Bernard Cornwell was adopted at the age of six weeks by two members of a strict fundamentalist sect called the Peculiar People. He grew up in a household that forbade alcohol, cigarettes, dances, television, conventional medicine and toy guns. Not surprisingly, he developed a fascination for military adventure. As a teenager he devoured CS Forester’s Hornblower novels and tried to enlist three times. Poor eyesight put paid to his dream, instead he went to university to read theology. On graduating, he became a teacher, then joined BBC’s Nationwide, working his way up ...

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